With general elections less than a week away, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker maintains a slight lead on Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in the polls. The Boston Globe’s final poll before the election showed Baker with 44 percent while Coakley trailed at 37 percent, with 11 percent of the constituency remaining undecided. The remaining seven percent is distributed among the independent candidates: Evan Falchuck, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively.
Former healthcare executive and state Cabinet official Baker has taken the lead in the polls after rising from a considerable disadvantage at the beginning of the race, when current Massachusetts Attorney General Coakley held the advantage. With the support of 91 percent of Massachusetts’s Republican Party, he has a hold on men, independents and self-described moderates, while Coakley is supported by 71 percent of Massachusetts’s democrats and has a tenuous grasp on women voters.
Last week, Hillary Cliton campaigned for Coakley, urging their supporters to “knock on doors. Send those e-mails. Make those phone calls. Talk to every voter you can find,” according to the Boston Globe.
Democrat Maura Healy has a significant lead over Republican John Miller in the election to become Massachusetts’s next attorney general, though many voters are still undecided.
Maura Healy believes that the Supreme Court “went too far” in the rights of individual arms bearing. John Miller said that he would leave the GOP if elected to pursue the “impartial interpretation and enforcement of the law,” according to MassLive.
In the senatorial race, incumbent Democrat Ed Markey is being challenged by Republican Brian Herr, with Markey maintaining a 20.6 percent lead over Herr in the polls. Markey won the senator seat last year after John Kerry was nominated by President Obama as the Secretary of State. Markey seems very likely to win the next 6 year term according to the poll.
There are four questions on the ballot that may influence the direction of the state in the future. Question 1 would negate a law that links the rate of inflation and state gas tax, and automatically increases the gas price without legislation. 45 percent of those surveyed said they will vote yes, while 42 percent plan to vote no.
Question 2, which would increase the variety of bottles on which residents would pay a five-cent deposit, seems that it will be overwhelmingly rejected with 66 percent of voters planning to vote no and 28 percent showing support of the proposal.
On Question 3, 54 percent of likely voters oppose the overturning of the 2011 expanded gambling law and 36 plan to vote to repeal. In 2011, the legislators passed the expanded gambling law that allowed three casinos and a slots parlor, aiming to bring more revenues to the state, according to boston.com.
Fifty-five percent of likely voters plan to approve Question 4, which would allow Massachusetts workers to earn and use sick time under certain circumstances, and 31 percent plan to vote against it.
Massachusetts’s general elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4.